Mind/Body/Spirit

In their steadfast duty to care and advocate for patients…as well as their own families and friends…nurses often neglect their own health and wellbeing. Read these articles to find out why and how you should take care of your own mind, body, and spirit.

Walking, swimming, cycling, jogging, skiing, aerobic dancing, or any of dozens of other activities can help your heart. They all cause you to feel warm, perspire and breathe heavily without being out of breath and without feeling any burning sensation in your muscles.

Whether it is a structured exercise program . . .

More than 1.3 billion people across the world lack access to basic healthcare services – mostly because the number of healthcare workers is not rising fast enough to accommodate the demand of a growing global population. The World Health Report says “the right workers with the right skills in the . . .

September 2017 Vol. 12 No. 9

Time for personal reflection helps clinical staff cope with loss.
Takeaways

Dealing with the death of a patient can be stressful, especially for new nurses.
Taking the time to personally reflect after the death of a patient can contribute to a healthy work environment and promote a sense of purpose . . .

Nearly 44 million unpaid caregivers form the backbone of the US chronic and long-term care system. These hard working family members provide care to injured veterans, aging adults, children with special needs, and individuals with chronic medical needs.

You may be professional nurse with years of training and practice . . .

While art therapy is its own field, you can use the benefits of art to express your creative side and drawing skills to reduce stress and get in touch with your feelings. I think most of us knew this instinctively as kids: virtually all of us know the joys of . . .

August 2017 Vol. 12 No. 8

Learn a strategy for addressing incivility and bullying in nursing.
Takeaways

Incivility and bullying among healthcare workers contribute additional stress to an already stressful environment and can jeopardize patient safety.
Cognitive rehearsal is one way to mentally prepare to address threats from incivility or bullying.
Learning approaches to address incivility . . .

Tip 6 of 6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today

In this last exercise, all you have to do is notice 5 things in your day that usually go unappreciated.

These things can be objects or people; it’s up to you. Use a notepad to check off 5 by . . .

Tip 5 of 6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today

The intention of this exercise is to cultivate contentment in the moment and escape the persistent striving we find ourselves caught up in on a daily basis.

Rather than anxiously wanting to finish an everyday routine task in order to . . .

Tip 4 of 6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today

This exercise is designed to open your ears to sound in a non-judgmental way, and indeed to train your mind to be less swayed by the influence of past experiences and preconception.

So much of what we “feel” is . . .

Tip 3 of 6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today

This exercise is designed to cultivate a heightened awareness and appreciation of simple daily tasks and the results they achieve.

Think of something that happens every day more than once; something you take for granted, like opening a door, for . . .

Tip 2 of 6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today

This exercise is simple but incredibly powerful because it helps you notice and appreciate seemingly simple elements of your environment in a more profound way.

The exercise is designed to connect us with the beauty of the natural environment, something . . .

Tip 1 of 6 Mindfulness Exercises You Can Try Today

This exercise can be done standing up or sitting down, and pretty much anywhere at any time. If you can sit down in the meditation (lotus) position, that’s great, if not, no worries.

Either way, all you have to . . .